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The Somerset Guardian, 9th November 2022

Over eight million people in receipt of benefits will receive an extra £324 this month as part of the Government’s £37 billion package of cost of living support.

Nearly one in four families will receive a second Cost of Living Payment by 23rd November 2022 and eligible tax credit claimants, on no other means-tested benefits, will receive it between 23rd and 30th November 2022. It is estimated that 7,500 people in North East Somerset will qualify for this extra support. Payments will be paid automatically and made directly with no need for anyone to apply for the sum.

In addition to means-tested cost of living support, the Energy Price Guarantee will help to keep household energy bills as low as possible – saving the typical household £700 this winter. The Guarantee, which I developed as the Secretary of State for Energy, has been formulated to limit the amount that people can be charged per unit of gas or electricity until April 2023. The £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme will also support every household with the cost of energy this winter, which will be most welcome by many who are struggling.

Households are facing rising living costs as a result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and it is right that vulnerable households across the United Kingdom are supported during these times of uncertainty. These payments will give families much needed assistance this winter and the upcoming Autumn Statement has been devised to protect the poorest in society as tough but necessary decisions will be made to fix our public finances and encourage economic prosperity.

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